1 January to 2017 Sea Trials Articles not related to Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH)
Abraham Lincoln Wins Third Consecutive Retention Excellence Award
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) has gold anchors for the third consecutive year, once again earning the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2016 on 11 January 2017.
The award, announced by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, is given to commands which pass the annual Career Information Program Review (CIPR) with a score of 90 points or better and meet benchmarks showing commitment to the growth and development of Sailors.
"The retention team's commitment to the Sailors, and the support that the Chiefs Mess and wardroom provided them really made us stand out for this award," said Chief Navy Counselor Eddie Wilkinson, a Lincoln command career counselor.
Commands which receive the Retention Excellence Award, formerly known as the Golden Anchor Award, are given the opportunity to paint their anchors gold in commemoration of their success. These commands have shown superior levels of retention, and represent a large number of individuals willing to make the Navy a long-term career.
The chain of command and departmental career counselors play a pivotal role when it comes to shaping Sailors' careers.
"It's our job to get to know the Sailors on a more personal level, see where they want to go, and what they want to do with their careers," said Navy Counselor 1st Class Shawn Fuller, a Lincoln command career counselor. "It's up to us to help them get to where they want to be."
Fuller went into detail about how programs like the family care plan and financial management program provide resources to Sailors and help make sure they are cared for, as well as their family.
Abraham Lincoln is in the final stages of a four-year, refueling complex overhaul and will be delivered back to the fleet early this year” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170203-04 - Release Date: 2/3/2017 8:48:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Josiah Pearce, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Abraham Lincoln Sailors Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
“Sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day during a special cake-cutting ceremony in the ship's mess decks on 13 January 2017. The event commemorated Dr. King's non-violent protests against racial inequality and highlighted his contributions as a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement.
Abraham Lincoln's assistant air boss Cmdr. Carlton McClain, the guest speaker, recounted his childhood aspirations made possible by the sacrifices Dr. King made during the civil rights movement. "We've made great strides, and I am an example of that," said McClain. "My childhood dream was to fly. My adolescent dream was to fly off of a Navy aircraft carrier, and I have been able to realize those goals."
Abraham Lincoln's Commanding Officer Ronald Ravelo spoke to a diverse group of Sailors; Sailors he said would not have been integrated without the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream. "Dr. King had a dream," said Ravelo. "Even though we are far from perfect, I am certainly confident that you as a crew are the kind of change agents who will get us closer to the dream."
Ravelo reminded the crew to reflect on the advances made as a society and as a Navy. The spirit of the federal holiday is not just a day off of work, but is a remembrance of the efforts of those who sacrificed themselves for our civil rights. "We should reflect on the progress made and evaluate what still needs to be done," said McClain.
The crew has scheduled a trip later this month to Washington, D.C. for Sailors to pay homage to Dr. King by visiting various monuments and museums, including the newly minted Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Abraham Lincoln is in the final stages of a four-year refueling and complex overhaul and will be delivered back to the fleet in early 2017” (Ref. Story Number: Story Number: NNS170123-03 - Release Date: 1/23/2017 8:40:00 AM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jessica Paulauskas, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
170127-N-UX013-174 - VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 27, 2017) Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ebony Hudson, assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), prepares dessert plates during the annual "Best of the Mess" competition at the Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, Va. The competition is held to showcase the skills of Navy Culinary Specialists and to raise money for the Chief Petty Officers Association scholarship fund. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Clay/Released)
Abraham Lincoln Named 'People's Choice' at 2017 Best of the Mess
“During the 7th annual "Best of the Mess" showcase, aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) earned three awards for culinary expertise in the competition held at The Founders Inn in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 27 January 2017. The team from Abraham Lincoln -- Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Ebony Hudson, and Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Christian Figueroa -- won the "People's Choice" award, took first place in "Best Decorated Station," and placed third in the overall competition.
"There is a lot that goes into the preparation for the event," said Mance, who spent months with her team planning the menu, prepping the ingredients, practicing dishes, and preparing decorations. "Even on the morning of the event, we came in to work at 5 a.m. to review our items just one more time to make sure we had everything we needed before heading to the event."
The Best of the Mess competition is an annual culinary showdown featuring Navy culinary specialists from local commands in the Hampton Roads area. Each team demonstrates their skills through the preparation of a three-course menu. Menu items reflected this year's theme, "Masquerade." Judges graded the teams based on their adherence to the theme and how the dish was prepared, cooked, and tasted.
Abraham Lincoln Sailors competed against six other local Navy teams from the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area -- amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG-56), Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, and Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex.
In 2016, Abraham Lincoln took first place in the competition, but Figueroa said the real honor is just being in the competition, working together as a team, and also enjoying the food other teams have prepared. "At the end of the day, it really is an honor just to be able to compete; it is also a great feeling to place in any category," said Figueroa. "Although we didn't take home the gold this year, I am proud to represent Lincoln and we had a great time doing it."
The proceeds generated from the annual event benefits the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund, which provides educational assistance to family members of chief petty officers. In addition to raising funds, the event presents an opportunity for Navy culinary specialists to refine their skills and demonstrate them to the general public” (Ref. Abraham Lincoln Named 'People's Choice' at 2017 Best of the Mess - Story Number: NNS170203-03 - Release Date: 2/3/2017 8:42:00 AM - By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Juan Cubano, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS)).
Abraham Lincoln Sailors Visit National Museum of African-American History, Culture
“Twenty-three Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) visited the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on 27 January 2017, during a special tour of the nation's capital.
The trip was organized by Lincoln's aviation intermediary maintenance division to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, as well as to kickoff Black History Month. In addition to the museum, Sailors received a guided tour of the Lincoln Memorial and the MLK Memorial, and stopped for lunch at the Ronald Reagan Building.
"We got a thorough tour from the excellent guides and were able to learn things about D.C. and about the monuments that most visitors do not necessarily learn," said Master Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Marcious Kelly.
Kelly said it was nice to get Sailors away from the shipyard where Abraham Lincoln is in the final stages of its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) and pause to reflect on our nation's great and diverse history.
"The trip focused on where we've been as a nation and where we're going, which in the eyes of MLK, is a more equal nation," said Kelly as he and the Sailors explored the various exhibits and displays at the museum. "I think we've come a long way and we still have a little further to go, but we are on our way, and we'll be there shortly."
Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Matty Henry said the trip wasn't just a fun day off work, but a day to learn more about the African-Americans who helped build our nation.
"Before visiting the museum I had no idea how much of a sacrifice African-Americans made in the Civil War, World War I and World War II, even while our country did not respect them as citizens," said Henry.
Kelly echoed Henry's thoughts and said he hopes that all those who attended will take the information they learned and share it with their shipmates, families and friends.
"It was a great experience and learning opportunity for everyone there, including myself," said Kelly, "I have been in the Navy for 26 years and this experience was one of the best things I have done while serving"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170201-04 - Release Date: 2/1/2017 10:34:00 AM - By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Matt Herbst, WASHINGTON (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Celebrate Black History Month
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) paid tribute to the history and culture of African-American and black service members during its 2017 Black History Month celebration on 3 February 2017. Sailors packed the ship's aft mess decks to listen to special songs, poetry readings, and to watch unique, African-inspired dances which all focused on this year's theme "Success Always Leaves Footprints." "We are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us," said guest speaker Capt. Craig Abraham, executive officer for Fleet Logistics Center. "They paved the way and faced struggles we will never have to endure." Abraham talked to the audience about the Montford Point Marines and the adversity they endured after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a directive in 1941 giving African Americans an opportunity to be recruited into the Marine Corps. Instead of attending traditional boot camps of Parris Island, South Carolina, and San Diego, they were segregated and experienced basic training at Montford Point -- a facility at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
"It was basically swamp land," said Abraham. "Their shelters were tents and temporary facilities. No one expected the desegregation to last past the war." In July 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981, which required the desegregation of the military. After training nearly 20,000 African-American Marines, Montford Point was deactivated in 1949 and new black recruits were sent to Parris Island and Camp Pendleton. Abraham likened the desegregation of the military services to today's military integration of transgender personnel, saying the qualities and characteristics the military needed are the same ones it needs today -- leadership, professionalism, dignity, and respect. These are the traits which will always see the Navy, the military, through change, he said. Following Abraham's speech, there was a special dance performance which energized the audience and had Sailors tapping their toes and applauding loudly.
"The performance was wonderful, and I got to show how our ancestors may have expressed themselves," said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Papa Tandoh, who was among the dancers. "It gave us an opportunity to show our culture to the crew." The program closed with remarks from Abraham Lincoln's Executive Officer, Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt."In line with this year's theme, 'Success Always Leaves Footprints,' I want you to remember that success can mean different things to different people -- maybe it's a promotion or maybe it's passing a spot check," she said. "What you do every day matters, because someone is watching and you have the opportunity to leave a footprint -- an impression on someone"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170207-17 - Release Date: 2/7/2017 2:10:00 PM - From USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Abraham Lincoln CO Talks with Families at Town Hall Meeting
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Commanding Officer Capt. Ronald Ravelo conducted a town hall meeting on 9 February 2017, at the Langley Air Force Base community center during the command's monthly Family Readiness Group meeting.
The monthly meetings provide Lincoln families with an opportunity to speak with and ask questions of command leadership about the status of the ship, family services and resources available, and the jobs Sailors do every day.
Ravelo used the opportunity to update family members and Sailors on Lincoln's schedule.
"The current plan is that we will be the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 12," said Ravelo. "We will deploy either at the end of 2018 or early 2019 out of Norfolk. We will be busy from now until our deployment -- busy, but productive."
Ravelo said he appreciated the support and understanding of Lincoln Sailors and their families as the ship wraps up its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) period and prepares to return to the fleet.
Once deployed, the FRG serves as a primary link between Sailors and their families.
"The point of the group is getting families together and boosting the morale, and giving our families the opportunity to not only meet each other, but also to be involved and make friendships," said Anna Mohnike, president of the FRG.
The FRG regularly posts command information to families via Facebook and organizes group activities for Lincoln Sailors and their family members.
"The goal of the FRG is getting spouse interaction," said Mohnike. "While our Sailors are gone, we are still here trying to get people together and get to know each other so no one feels like they are alone. We have informational events that go on every month."
Additional information on the command FRG is available on their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/CVN72FRG/” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170213-23 - Release Date: 2/13/2017 12:01:00 PM - By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Matt Herbst, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
170225-N-KK394-233 - NORFOLK (Feb. 25, 2017) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) participate in a benefit hockey game at Scope Arena to raise funds for the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Dwight D. Eisenhower is pierside during the sustainment phase of the optimized fleet response plan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)
Abe, Ike Faceoff on the Ice for NMCRS
“USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) hockey teams faced off on 25 February 2017, at the Norfolk Scope arena in support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). The NMCRS provides financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans and grants to Sailors and Marines in need. The organization's annual fund drive kicks off on 1 March 2017. A portion of the proceeds from the game's ticket sales was donated to the organization. The good-natured carrier rivalry gave Sailors from Abraham Lincoln and Ike an opportunity to root for their respective home teams, as well as support of a worthy cause.
In 2016, Abraham Lincoln raised nearly $64,000.00 during its NMCRS fundraising campaign. This year, the command hopes to contribute even more by making 100 percent, face-to-face contact with each Sailor aboard. "Every one of us could donate just $3 a paycheck to NMCRS," said Capt. Ronald Ravelo, commanding officer of Abraham Lincoln. "That is not even a cup of coffee and, yet, that little amount adds up to about $75,000.00 we could potentially raise. NMCRS is Sailors and Marines taking care of and helping out each other. This is our opportunity to help ourselves." However, it isn't just about raising money, said Lt. Patrick Fleenor, Lincoln's NMCRS fund drive co-coordinator.
"This is also an opportunity to educate our Sailors on the many, many things that Navy-Marine Corps Relief can do to help Sailors," he said. "This is our opportunity to share stories of how this organization has helped many Sailors over the years." The NMCRS offers a range of programs beyond emergency loans, including financial counseling, education assistance, health education and post-combat support, child budgeting, disaster relief, emergency travel funding, and access to thrift shops. By using a workforce composed mostly of volunteers, most contributions go back to service members and their families. Hampton Roads Sailors and Marines received $8.7 million in loans and grants in 2016, said Joe Schnurbusch, deputy director of the Norfolk NMCRS.
"We benefit from events like this hockey game not only from proceeds, but also by coming out and providing information on how we can help Sailors, Marines, retirees, and widows," said Schnurbusch. "We are also trying to recruit volunteers because we are a volunteer service organization." With NMRCS, all Sailors and Marines can walk away a winner. In the hockey game, however, there was only one. Lincoln skated away with the victory, 8-4” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170228-29 - Release Date: 2/28/2017 3:44:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Herbst, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Celebrate Suess
“More than 30 Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) visited four Newport News elementary schools on 2 March 2017, to participate in the 20th anniversary of Read Across America.
Read Across America is an annual reading motivational and awareness program hosted by the National Education Association that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
School Counselor Sara Brown from Jenkins Elementary School hosted nine Sailors at her school to read and interact with students.
"Any adult coming into the building and serving as a role model and reinforcing the messages we give our kids is helpful," said Brown. "We are trying to make our kids college, career and citizen ready, so having a chance to hear from someone who has a good job, who has the opportunity to go to school really reinforces how good they can be."
Volunteer reader Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Ivelaw Sealey said he enjoyed reading and the good vibe coming from the children.
"The kids were singing and saying thank you for our service," said Sealey. "It's very uplifting."
After he finished reading, Sealey said the children asked him about being in the Navy. One child was particularly interested on Navy discipline.
Sealey explained discipline in the Navy is the same as discipline in schools.
"There are teachers and principals in schools. In the Navy we have chiefs and officers. The most important thing is being a good person and being a role model to your friends and classmates."
Sealey said he was surprised to receive so many questions about the Navy.
"I think we are going to have a lot of Sailors out there," he said.
For more information about Read Across America, visit http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170305-07 - Release Date: 3/5/2017 1:27:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark Logico, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Honors Trailblazers During Women's History Month
“Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) joined the fleet and the nation in observing Women's History Month with an all-hands ceremony on the ship's forward mess decks, March 3.
The National Women's History Project's theme for Women's History Month 2017 is "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business."
The ceremony paid tribute to three Navy women who have broken barriers and blazed a trail for other women to follow - Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a pioneer computer programmer, Chief Yeoman Loretta Walsh, the first female chief petty officer Navy, and Capt. Sarah Joyner, the first woman to command a strike-fighter squadron.
The event's guest speaker, Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, Lincoln's executive officer as well as the first female executive officer of a Navy aircraft carrier, had a key message for the crew about taking advantage of all opportunities that life hands you.
"I take it all back to something I learned very early on from a very important woman in my life - never pass up an opportunity." said Bauernschmidt, referencing her mother as a pivotal part of her naval success.
Bauernschmidt was a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy when Congress repealed the combat exclusion law that prevented women from serving on combatant ships. She said her class was about 50 days away from selecting future assignments and this changed act changed the course of her military career.
"The Navy chose not to pass up an opportunity; they found a way to get the women from my graduating class on destroyers, cruisers and on combat aircraft," said Bauernschmidt. "I could have chosen several different career paths. I chose naval aviation.
Opportunities can be big or small, extra study time for the exam or putting in an officer package, said Bauernschmidt, but every day the Navy gives you opportunities to improve.
"Never pass up an opportunity. You never know if it will impact your life for a day or week. It may affect everyone around you, and it may change the entire course of your life," she said” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170305-06 - Release Date: 3/5/2017 1:23:00 PM - By USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS)).
170303-N-SA173-031 - NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (March 3, 2017) Executive Officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt speaks during a Women's History Month observance. The event honored iconic Navy women such as Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, Capt. Sarah Joyner, and Chief Yeoman Loretta Walsh. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Juan Cubano/Released)
Answering Opportunity, Bauernschmidt Takes on Role of Aircraft Carrier XO
“When opportunity knocks, you have two choices -- seize the chance or let it slip away.
Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, executive officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), is the type of person who throws the door open wide and asks, "What have you got for me now?"
During National Women's History Month, Bauernschmidt took time to share with Lincoln's crew the story of her journey to become the first female executive officer assigned to an aircraft carrier.
"I take it all back to something I learned very early on from a very important woman in my life," she said, referencing her mother as a pivotal part of her naval success. "Never pass up an opportunity."
In 1994, Bauernschmidt was a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, majoring in ocean engineering, when Congress repealed the combat exclusion law which prevented women from serving on combatant ships and in combat aircraft. She said her class was about 50 days away from selecting future assignments and this repeal changed the course of her military career.
"The Navy chose not to pass up an opportunity; they found a way to get the women from my class on destroyers, cruisers, and in combat aircraft," said Bauernschmidt. "I could have chosen several different career paths, and I chose naval aviation."
Since that decision, Bauernschmidt, a Milwaukee native, has added to her resume with tours which include being an instructor pilot and quality assurance officer with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 41 and a senior military advisor to the Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues, enhancing women's peace and security through worldwide initiatives.
"I've done a little bit of everything -- several tours on the west coast, east coast, and Japan; I worked for three different admirals and even survived two tours in Washington, D.C.," said Bauernschmidt with a laugh. "The biggest lesson I have learned during my career and all my tours is simple -- do your job."
Whether you're in the galley preparing meals or on the flight deck repairing aircraft, Bauernschmidt said if everyone does their job and does it to the best of their ability, then they will always do well.
It was just prior to her 20th Naval Academy reunion when Bauernschmidt learned she had been accepted to the aviation nuclear officer program, an opportunity both earned by her outstanding performance and a path offered only to aviators.
"I felt incredibly honored and privileged for receiving the opportunity, but also a little wary of Nuclear Power School," she explained. "I hadn't been in an academic environment for years, but I was ready for the challenges ahead."
Her selection to become Abraham Lincoln's executive officer was a notable first for women in the Navy, but while honored to have achieved the distinction, Bauernschmidt feels these opportunities are available to any willing to work hard and do their best.
"I would tell everyone that the Navy treats women fair and equally," she said. "Throughout my career, I always felt I was treated as a naval officer first, an aviator second. I've been very fortunate in my career, but I think many women in the Navy have."
Although she advocates the same goals for all of her Sailors, Bauernschmidt encourages women to take advantage of the many opportunities the Navy provides them and not worry about their gender as a factor in their performance or opportunity.
While she serves as inspiration and mentor to many, Bauernschmidt believes her mentors have been both senior and junior, and advises her Sailors to listen to everyone and take in what they have to say. You never know where the next great opportunity will come from.
"It's really about listening to your Sailors and getting their perspective," she added. "In each tour I've had, mentors -- both senior and junior -- have helped shaped me into the leader I am today"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170320-29 - Release Date: 3/20/2017 2:33:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Juan Cubano, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)).
Lincoln Sailors Receive Stennis Leadership Awards
“Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) received Lincoln Leadership awards from the Stennis Center for Public Service for their exceptional performance, during a dinner celebration on 6 April 2017 in Norfolk.
Lt. Cmdr. William Dougher was presented the Statesman Award; Senior Chief Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) Donovan Mahiai was presented the Union Award; and Culinary Specialist 1st Class Sonia Mance was presented the Liberty Award. The awards recognize individuals who demonstrate sustained superior performance and exhibit the most exceptional leadership skills.
"It's important we take the time to recognize those who demonstrate the characteristics of great leaders," said Rex Buffington, executive director of Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership. "By the example these Sailors set for those around them, they are helping shape and create future leaders."
The Stennis Center for Public Service began annually presenting the Lincoln Leadership Awards to formally recognize an officer, chief petty officer and petty officer who exemplify superior and sustained leadership skills in 2011.
"It really is an honor for me to be part of the recognition of these Sailors, "said Capt. Ronald Ravelo, commanding officer of the Abraham Lincoln. "They not only exemplify characteristics of great leaders, but represent the USS Abraham Lincoln with the highest regard for Navy core values."
"My family and I being invited to an event like this to be recognized for leadership is truly and honor," said Mahiai. "It's good to be acknowledged by the people I look up to as leaders and peers."
Awardees were nominated and selected by groups of their peers on board, which made the recognition even more special for those selected.
"Sailors are always watching the actions of their leaders," said Mance. "It's important for us to set an example for those we lead"” (Ref. Story Number: NNS170417-29 - Release Date: 4/17/2017 1:19:00 PM - By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Juan Cubano USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Public Affairs, NORFOLK (NNS)).